Curriculum Highlights: Kindergarten


Language Arts

  • Letter recognition (lower & upper case)
  • Consonant sounds (digraphs and blends)
  • Vowel sounds (short and long)
  • Word analysis skills
  • Nouns, verbs, pronouns
  • Scrambled sentences
  • Logical reasoning
  • Listening skills
  • Dictation
  • Pre-decodable and decodable books
  • Handwriting
  • Junior Great Books

Mathematics

  • Numbers, counting and classifying
  • Basic geometry
  • Measurement
  • Estimating and comparing
  • Operations
  • Patterns
  • Functions
  • Addition/subtraction facts to 24
  • Coins; adding coins
  • Clocks; telling time to the hour and half-hour
  • Calendars; days, weeks, months, year
  • Logic/problem solving

Social Studies

  • Self and others
  • Family/extended families
  • Community helpers
  • Pilgrims and Native Americans
  • Holidays in our country and other lands
  • Rules, laws, introduction to government
  • Appreciating others; tolerance of differences
  • Developing a sense of culture and differences among people
  • Learning to celebrate contributions made by individuals

Science

  • Safety
  • The five senses
  • Living and non-living
  • Plants (variety, parts, life cycle)
  • Animals (variety, needs, adaptations, habitats, life cycle)
  • Food chains
  • Water and air
  • Magnets
  • Rocks
  • Frequent hands-on activities/labs

Geography

  • Basic map skills and directions
  • Location concepts
  • Routes and addresses
  • Map symbols, keys
  • The globe
  • Land forms/bodies of water
  • Cardinal directions
  • Introduction to the United States

Physical Education

  • Daily P.E. class
  • Fitness and conditioning
  • Body control:  agility, flexibility, endurance, balance,  gross motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, spatial skills
  • Movement skills, including dance
  • Manipulative activities
  • Game skills
  • Good health habits:  hygiene, diet, safety
  • Respect, cooperation, confidence

Visual Arts

  • Art class twice weekly
  • Exploration of various media, materials, and techniques
  • Lines, colors (primary, secondary), patterns
  • Drawing and coloring: pencil, eraser, markers, oils, pastels, crayons
  • Painting: tempura, watercolors
  • Sculpture: playdoh, plasticene, air-drying clay
  • Collage: paper, glue, scissors
  • Self expression, respect, confidence
  • Annual, school-wide art contest

Performing Arts

Music

  • Listening to music, differentiating musical sounds
  • Rhythm
  • Choral speech
  • Choral singing
  • Foundations of musical literacy
  • Basic interpretation
  • Instruments:  tambourines, triangles, drums, etc.
  •  Performance: music program twice each year

Drama

  • Attendance at dramatic productions
  • Speaking role in class play
  • Develop acting skills
  • Use of costumes and props
  • Ensemble/solo singing, choreography
  • Public speaking, confidence

Modern/Classical Languages

French

  • Listening/comprehension skills
  • Pronunciation skills
  • Greetings, simple expressions, simple directions
  • Alphabet
  • Numbers 1 – 30
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • Family members
  • Body parts
  • Weather/seasons
  • Holidays
  • Clothing
  • French culture

Library

  • Respect for and care of books
  • Library organization
  • Story time/read-alouds
  • Fiction and non-fiction
  • Genres
  • Role of illustrator/author
  • Oral book reporting
  • Selecting/checking out books
  • Book fair

Technology

  • Web-connected Star Boards in each classroom
  • Rolling laptop cart for classroom computer use
  • Basic familiarity with computers

Field Trips

Several field trips per year; recent examples include:

  • Petco
  • The Puppet Company Playhouse
  • Lisner Auditorium
  • Hirshorn Sculpture Museum
  • National Building Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Burke Lake Park